MINNESOTA VETERINARY HOSPITAL

Complete Health Care for Pets since 1968
Fear Free Certified

Mon -Fri: 7.30am - 6pm
Sat: 8:30am - 12pm
Sun: Closed

651-484-3331

OUR TEAM AT MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Staff is committed to providing convenient, competitively priced, top-quality veterinary care. Our complete full-service small animal care facility has been providing excellence in veterinary surgery and medicine since 1968. The comfort and well-being of our patients is always our top priority.

OUR DOCTORS

KATHERINE FREED

KATHERINE FREED

DVM AND CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Degrees:
Dr Katherine Freed (Dr Kate) received her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

Areas of Interest:
Dr Kate has also expanded her education by attending the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Leadership Academy in Colorado. The AAHA Leadership Academy was a fantastic way for her to expand her skills and knowledge to lead our team into the future. Dr Kate enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in dentistry. She enjoys getting to know her clients and patients and providing them with high quality, compassionate care to ensure all her patients a long and healthy life. When Kate is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their 2 daughters, along with their 2 mixed breed dogs, Ruti and Farley. She spends most of her free time going to her daughter’s soccer, basketball, theatre and band activities. When she does have time of her own she enjoys long runs with her dogs, cooking, reading, and relaxing at the cabin.

SUZY AHRENS

SUZY AHRENS

DVM

Degrees:
Dr Susanna Ahrens (Dr Suzy) received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her DVM degree at the University of Minnesota. She has received training in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute and is a certified Fear Free Veterinary Practitioner.

Areas of Interest:
Dr Ahrens has practiced medicine at MVH for over 22 years and has cultivated longstanding relationships with many of our clients and animal patients. Her special interests include dermatology, internal and behavioural medicine. She is a dedicated practitioner of Fear Free Medicine, with a focus on minimizing her patient’s anxiety and stress during their visits to our clinic.

In her spare time, she works closely with a spay/neuter organization in Negril, Jamaica and is on the board of the Negril Pup Rescue Group. Dr Ahrens volunteers with Can Do Canines, a local organization that raises and trains Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities. Dr Ahrens and her dog Romeo are also working together to become a certified Therapy Dog team. Dr Suzy lives with her husband Steve and daughter Meseret in St. Paul. They share their home with 2 cats, Sporty and Frankie, their yellow lab Romeo, and 3 goldfish.

AMANDA NUTH

AMANDA NUTH

DVM

Dr Amanda Nuth received her undergraduate B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Ross University with clinical training at the University of Minnesota in 2015.

Dr Nuth began her journey at MVH as an animal care attendant and receptionist while completing her undergraduate studies at the UofM. She is very excited to be a part of the MVH team again as a veterinarian. Her areas of interest include dentistry, preventative medicine, client education, and surgery. Dr Nuth is passionate about the human-animal bond and believes that pets are a valued member of the family. She strives to provide the best possible care to all of her patients to prolong and strengthen this bond for as long as possible.

In her free time, Dr Nuth enjoys being outdoors, especially fishing and boating, sporting events, and hiking with her yellow lab, Shandy.

TECHNICIANS

TERA THOMPSON

TERA THOMPSON

CVT

Degrees:
Tera is a 2005 graduate of Argosy University with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest:
Tera joined the MVH team in March 2009. She enjoys getting to know each pet individually and making sure they feel comfortable during their visits here. During her free time she likes to watch/attend Twins games, have cookouts with friends, and walking the trails around the area.

Pets:
Charming cat, Viva.

BECKY WURST

BECKY WURST

CVT

Degrees:
BS degree in Biology from Northwestern University

Areas of Interest:
Enjoy learning new things, helping take care of all the pets, and getting to know all the pets and clients. Camping, bird watching, fishing, reading, and spending time with friends and family

Pets:
3 Zebra Finches and 1 Lady Gouldian finch. 2 Cats Leia and Chi.

KAYLA ELLEFSON

KAYLA ELLEFSON

CVT

Degrees:
Kayla graduated in 2011 from Rochester Community and Technical College with an AAS Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest:
Kayla joined the MVH team in January 2017. After graduating college she moved to Mankato with her now husband Ryan, where she worked in the pig farming industry for about 2 years. After moving up here to the cities she went to work for a research facility in Coon Rapids, where she worked with more large animals including cows, sheep and more pigs. After working there she moved to a small animal clinic over in the Maplewood area until she ended up here. She enjoys helping people and animals whenever she can. Outside of work she enjoys owning her own business with her husband and making new friends. She also likes to spend time outdoors such as fishing and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle when the weather is nice.

Pets:
2 cats – Summit a brown tabby and Cali a tortoiseshell.

MICHELLE EISENBERG

MICHELLE EISENBERG

CVT

Degrees:
Graduated in 2008 from Minnesota School of Business in Plymouth, MN with an AAS in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest:
Michelle joined MVH in April 2019. She came from a clinic in Henderson, NV and then Boston Scientific here in MN. She has a special interest in ultrasound and is planning to further her education in ultrasonography. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband. She also loves to bake delicious desserts, and reading.

Pets:
2 dogs – Hunnie Bunches her Papillon and Aalie her Rat Terrier mix, 2 ferrets- MongoJerrie and RumpleTeazer.

BAILEY NICHOLS

BAILEY NICHOLS

CVT

Degrees:
Bailey graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with an Associate and Applied Science degree majoring in Veterinary Technology.

Areas of Interest:
Bailey joined the MVH team in August 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, cooking, going to the gym, and spending time with her family and friends.

Pets:
She has a Jack Russell Terrier named Buttercup or BC for short.

ANIMAL CARE

 

KAYLA JOHNSON

KAYLA JOHNSON

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

NATALIE BUSH

NATALIE BUSH

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

CHRISSY BRUGGERMAN

CHRISSY BRUGGERMAN

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

AMBER MANDT

AMBER MANDT

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

GRETA JOHNSON

GRETA JOHNSON

ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT

MANAGEMENT & RECEPTION

 JEFF JENSEN

JEFF JENSEN

HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR

Degrees:
Undergraduate degree in Communications with a business concentration from Augsburg College in 1998, and a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the Veterinary Management Institute from Purdue University in 2000.

Areas of Interest:
Jeff grew up in Shoreview and began learning about veterinary management early in his childhood from his father, Dr. Douglas Jensen, who is the founder of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital. He has always been very interested in business and was extremely excited when he was hired in 1998 as the office manager. The dedication that he has shown to the hospital made him grow into the hospital administrator role where he is continuing his father’s legacy through management of the entire hospital. His background includes an undergraduate degree in Communications with a business concentration from Augsburg College in 1998, and a certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from the Veterinary Management Institute from Purdue University in 2000. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Keri, and his 3 kids, Ellie, Alexis, and Luci; 1 rescued Chocolate Labrador Retriever “Murphy” and 1 Burmese Mountain Dog “Marvin”. When he is not busy with his family, he enjoys riding his Quarter horse, Two Eyed Dandy Man. Jeff is very proud and honored to have been a part of his father’s practice for over 21 years. He is committed to providing the clientele with excellence in customer service and a trusting business relationship. He enjoys seeing and hearing about the experiences from the loyal clientele who continue to show their support and appreciation for how knowledgeable and caring the team of MVH is, which makes his job all the more worthwhile.

Pets:
1 rescued Chocolate Labrador Retriever “Murphy” and 1 Burmese Mountain Dog “Marvin”
1 American Quarter Horse “Two-Eyed Dandy Man”

KELLY MEYERS

KELLY MEYERS

ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR/CLIENT SERVICE COORDINATOR

Degrees:
She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor’s degree in Field Biology.

Areas of Interest:
Kelly joined the MVH team in August of 2011. She loves discussing training and behavior with our clients. Kelly grew up playing sports and played soccer throughout high school at Moundsview and college ball at UW River Falls. Today, she enjoys spending time on her homestead with her husband, dogs, cats, and goats! Kelly also enjoys hunting, camping, and fishing with her family.

Pets:
Dogs – Mishka the Carolina Dog, Kaja the Black Labrador, and Lyra the Cattledog/Shep Mix
Cats – G and Tytus the Mousers
Goats – Arnold and Sylvester (yes named after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone!)

EMILY THOMPSON

EMILY THOMPSON

ANIMAL CARE SUPERVISOR/RECEPTIONIST

Degrees:
Emily graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology.

Areas of Interest:
Emily joined the MVH team in July 2020. She has worked with animals her whole life and is familiar with domesticated and exotic species. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, tennis, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Pets:
She has Wilbur the Syrian Hamster.

ANNA HERSPERGER

ANNA HERSPERGER

RECEPTIONIST

Degrees:
Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources at Metropolitan State University. Graduated in summer 2020.

Areas of Interest:
Anna joined to MVH team in April 2019 after working at a vet clinic in St. Paul for 7 years. She loves working and interacting with animals and people. She lives in Woodbury with her husband and 2 fur children, Franklin and Crosby. Outside of work she enjoys reading mystery novels, watching football, traveling, camping, shamelessly watching reality TV and hanging out with friends/family.

Pets:
Anna enjoys going to the dog park and cuddling with her two dogs, Franklin and Crosby. Franklin is a crazy yellow lab and Crosby is a Norwegian Elkhound.

CYNTHIA KOCINA

CYNTHIA KOCINA

RECEPTIONIST

Areas of Interest:
Cynthia joined the MVH team in April 2020. She enjoys taking care of her other pets, including some chickens, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Pets:
She has a dachshund named Cooper.

OUR FOUNDER

DR. DOUGLAS JENSEN

DR. DOUGLAS JENSEN

OUR FOUNDER

Our hospital is dedicated in loving memory of the founder:
Dr. Douglas Jensen

March 14, 1941- October 11, 2000

I couldn’t imagine having a better place to bring my cats. The care and insight provided here exceeded expectations. Highly recommend.

Kari T., Google Review

Koda, myself and my husband have all had a great experience at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital! Every single veterinarian and employee that we have encountered thus far have been so amazing and so compassionate. We have only been there twice as we have recently switched providers but so far they have been amazing and I cannot thank them enough. The second visit was for an emergency and they fit her in right away and made sure she was okay! Thank you to Dr. Freed, Dr. Ahrens and the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Team!

Alyssa M., Google Review

Kelly, all the Techs, and Doctors/Veterinarians are so wonderful and caring for your animals. My dog spent the last day and a half throwing up and not sleeping but as soon as I came to the front door and he recognized where we were his tail was wagging full speed and he was pulling to get in and see his friends. If my dog Huxley doesn’t like you, I’d trust him that there’s probably something wrong with you… I trust and appreciate everyone at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital!

Casey F., Google Review